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Wife charged with perjury in Delta Blues trial

posted: 07/04/2014 2:20 a.m. Discuss

The wife of Demetrius Colbert, a Marianna man convicted last month by a federal jury of being a major drug dealer in Crittenden County in 2010 and 2011, was charged Thursday with lying during his trial to protect him.

Colbert guilty on all counts in Delta Blues case

updated: 06/06/2014 12:21 p.m. Discuss

A jury has returned guilty verdicts on all six felony counts against Demetrius Colbert, the Marianna man charged with trafficking large quantities of cocaine and with shooting a federal agent during the 2011 raid that resulted in his arrest.

Witness: FBI raid terrified her, kids

posted: 06/06/2014 4:56 a.m. Comment 1

Testimony ended Thursday in the trial of Demetrius Colbert of Marianna, the last of four accused major drug dealers indicted in 2011 as part of an FBI-led investigation into drug trafficking and public corruption in Lee and Phillips counties, an inquiry known as Operation Delta Blues.

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FBI agents describe shooting, raid in Delta Blues case

posted: 06/05/2014 4:59 a.m. Discuss

FBI agent William Cosenza demonstrated for a federal jury Wednesday how his left thigh was pierced by a large-caliber bullet as he stood to the right of the front door on Demetrius Colbert's front porch in Marianna early Oct. 11, 2011, just after he and another agent had swung a battering ram that knocked in the door.

Jury hears FBI-recorded calls in Delta Blues drug case

posted: 06/04/2014 4:54 a.m. Discuss

Numerous FBI-intercepted telephone calls between Demetrius Colbert of Marianna and admitted drug dealers who are now serving time in prison were played aloud in a federal courtroom Tuesday, in what prosecutors said illustrated how the drug business was thriving in 2010 and 2011 in Lee and Phillips counties.

Uncle 'hopeful' testimony in Delta Blues case nets reduced prison term

posted: 06/03/2014 10:18 a.m. Comment 1

The uncle of a Marianna man accused of distributing large quantities of cocaine in Lee and Phillips counties testified Tuesday that he is hopeful his cooperation with prosecutors results in his own prison term being reduced.

Marianna man's trial in drug case kicks off

posted: 06/03/2014 5:11 a.m. Discuss

For not having a legitimate job, Demetrius Colbert did very well for himself financially, a federal prosecutor told jurors Monday in opening statements of the Marianna man's trial on allegations that he distributed hundreds of pounds of cocaine in Lee and Phillips counties in 2010 and 2011.

Penultimate Delta Blues trial begins

posted: 06/02/2014 11:15 a.m. Discuss

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of Demetrius Colbert, who is accused of trafficking drugs for years in Helena-West Helena and Marianna.

Marianna man in Delta Blues case set for trial

posted: 06/02/2014 5:39 a.m. Discuss

A Marianna man accused of being one of four major drug traffickers in Lee and Phillips counties for years is scheduled to go on trial today in a Little Rock federal courtroom.

Probation officer in 'Delta Blues' case gets 18 months

posted: 09/05/2013 3:32 p.m. Discuss

A probation officer arrested nearly a year after five other law enforcement officers were charged in a large federal investigation into drugs and corruption in eastern Arkansas has been sentenced to 18 months.

Judge unduly yanked case, prosecutor says

posted: 08/21/2013 12:11 a.m. Discuss

An east Arkansas prosecutor said Tuesday that the judge who removed him from a Phillips County capital-murder case last week had no proof that the prosecutor’s office is a target in a federal public-corruption probe and no authority to replace him.

Probation officer in 'Delta Blues' case pleads guilty

posted: 04/30/2013 11:23 a.m. Discuss

A probation officer arrested months after five other law enforcement officers were charged in a massive federal investigation into drugs and corruption in eastern Arkansas has pleaded guilty.

Sentence is given Helena ex-officer

posted: 04/12/2013 4:53 a.m. Discuss

The only law-enforcement officer to go to trial in a federal drug and public-corruption case centered in Helena-West Helena was sentenced Thursday to 2½ years in prison for her extortion and drug-trafficking convictions.

Delta Blues officer sentenced to 2.5 years

updated: 04/11/2013 10:47 a.m. Gallery Discuss

A former police officer convicted of charges tied to a broad investigation into corruption and drug trafficking in eastern Arkansas has been sentenced.

Delta drug dealer gets 200 months

posted: 03/16/2013 4:58 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge ordered a nearly 17-year prison term Friday for a Helena-West Helena man whom federal agents recorded in 2011 complaining about the quality of cocaine he’d purchased and accusing his purported drug supplier of shorting him.

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